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School district, state, must put out fire at Mont Pleasant

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The discipline mess at Schenectady’s Mont Pleasant Middle School, which is apparently spilling back and forth from city streets on a regular basis, not only threatens the viability of the school and school district, but the entire city. District officials and police need to get a handle on the problem pronto, or Mayor Gary McCarthy can forget about his campaign to entice people to buy houses in his fair city: No one will want to ...

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October 16, 2013
4:53 a.m.

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Kids and others who have broken the law have been arrested and many have been removed form school - so, where is the evidence that this problem has not been addressed this year? Unless something is reported by the Gazette means it has not been dealt with?

October 16, 2013
6:22 a.m.

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I'm with reader1 on this, although these problems in Schenectady started years ago with the liberal policies and anything goes attitudes. Kids need clear cut rules and clear cut punishment for breaking the rules. Zero tolerance does not work because life is full of gray areas as we are seeing on National News about a suspended girl picking up her drunk friends from a party so they would not drive. Get out there and do your job school board, make the tough decisions or get out so somebody else can. Maybe you should look at the 50s and 60s and see why we did not have these problems in school. Yes it is single parent homes but we need to find a way to deal with all of these problems. It will only get worse.

October 16, 2013
9:12 a.m.

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Sadly, most of the problems begin at home. You can't force a parent to raise their child right. That child then becomes a burden on the school, classmates, cops, society in general. Because of a parents refusal to do the right thing, cops and teachers are forced to step into that roll. When you cause a fought on school grounds, and your parents step in to also fight....isn't that sending the wrong message? When the cops come yo deter the situation and the student surround and threaten the cops with the support of their parents and guardians, that dies nithubg more but encourage the behavior and put fuel on the fire. The answer in a lot of this is to look at the parents.